The Stars Of SXSW 2016 In Beautiful Backstage Portraits

Annual new music festival SXSW is over for another year and what a week it was. From secret shows to new discoveries, every day was jam-packed with the finest music from across the world. NME photographer Jenn Five hunted down a whole heap of the bands in attendance, gave them a break from playing endless runs of gigs and snapped their photos on hotel balconies, in amongst the foliage and on the busy streets of Austin. Here’s some of the best shots she captured amongst the hustle and bustle of America’s premier new music bash, featuring everyone from Crystal Castles to Peaches, Dilly Dally to Oscar.

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We don't know much about Crystal Castles' new member Edith, but she sure knows how to steal the attention from bandmate Ethan.

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Blaenavon get a sneaky snap with Austin's local police department.

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Charli XCX pulls her hair like she just doesn't care after nailing it at her Hype Hotel gig. Read more about her incredible performance with SOPHIE.

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Jenn Five
LA musician Kitten strikes a pose next to the dirtiest, rustiest van she can find.

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Hey MSTRKRFT, the spectacular view of downtown Austin is behind you.

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Mickey Mouse print clothes and bright colours mean this must be London's most colourful and fun musician out here, Oscar.

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Santigold might be making her return to SXSW here, but she's obviously pretty laidback about it all.

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Sunflower Bean find a graveyard to hang out next to between playing their mammoth 11 shows.

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Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, aka The Kills, use each other to stay upright after a busy week.

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White Lung try to camouflage themselves against their surroundings and it nearly works.

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